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Treating Blisters the Right Way

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Hiking with blistersSummer is the perfect time to explore all that Richardson, TX has to offer! The city has a 40-mile trail system and the Galatyn Park Woodland Preserve is the perfect place to play, walk, hike, and bike. You might even see some beavers and turtles along the way! So grab your running shoes or bike, pack a picnic lunch, and spend the day in the outdoors. First, though, let’s talk about treating blisters, just in case you overdo it.

You have probably experienced at one point or another that feeling when your skin is rubbing against something and a hot spot starts. You may have ignored some discomfort on a long walk only to take your shoes off and find a big blister has formed. Do you know how to properly treat a blister? It is actually really important in order to ward off infection and making the problem worse. It’s especially important if you have a condition such as diabetes, where you might be vulnerable to a minor injury turning into a major complication.

The first level of treatment is to do what you can to leave the blister intact. The fluid is there as a form of protection for the tissues underneath and that outer layer of skin will keep infection out. Cover with a bandage, and over time, the fluid will get reabsorbed and the skin will heal. With a blister that is really painful, wash your hands and swab the blister with rubbing alcohol. Take a sterilized, sharp needle and gently puncture several small spots around the edge of the blister to allow the fluid to drain out. Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover it with a bandage. Do not try this self-care method, however, if you have diabetes.

For more information on treating blisters, or if you have any other questions about foot care, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates to make an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister. You can reach our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374. 

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